Block House

Janna De Vera, B.Arch '25 and Clarisse Cao, B.Arch '25

ARCH 102A: Architectural Design I

Gallery: Collaborative Living

Instructor: Andrew Kovacs

Taking the atomization of programs, box-like design, and use of indoor/outdoor and private/communal space from Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House (2005), we designed a playful dwelling for collaborative living. In addition to the Moriyama House, we took inspiration from children’s blocks and playgrounds to create a playful environment for its tenants. It’s targeted for young artists that spark creativity in all aspects through unconventional design elements like playful amenities such as a slide into a ball pit, a cloud-shaped pool, and colorful, funky outdoor furniture. The design exemplifies the contrast between orthogonality and haphazardness through module shaping and placement, facade design, and landscaping.